Q&A

Here we present some frequently asked questions.

1. How to apply

How do we apply?

Please apply through the company application form on our website.

2. About application requirements

What kinds of companies are eligible to apply?

Please confirm the requirements here.

2. About application requirements

Can we apply even if we don’t speak English? Does the intern speak Japanese?

Yes, you may apply even if you don’t speak English. However, there is a possibility that the intern you accept won’t be able to speak Japanese well. In FY 2019, about half of our interns were able to speak Japanese at least daily conversational level or higher.
For more details, please visit "Language Proficiency of Interns" in the Results Report.

2. About application requirements

Can we participate even if not for the purpose of overseas business development?

Yes, you can. There have been companies in the past with other purposes such as, developing new business and developing inbound business.
For details, please visit"Introducing Case Studies in New Business Development/Innovation."

3. About after application

What is the burden (cost/expenses and time) on the company side?

For conducting online internship, host company is responsible for preparing in-house network systems enough for doing tele-working. Additional maintenance cost should be paid by the company. Also, host company is responsible for making daily reports and documents to submit to JIP office. Also, host company is responsible for submitting daily reports and documents to JIP office. For more details, please visit "Main responsibilities of host companies."

3. About after application

Is it possible for the intern to visit our branch as part of the fieldwork?

As a rule, interns will work at a satellite office determined by JIP office or at intern's home. When conducting activities outside of the designated location (workspace or home), such as visiting a branch of the host company or conducting fieldwork, please check with JIP office in advance and ask for their decision.

4. Other inquiries

What is the training content? Is it mandatory to attend all the trainings?

Yes, participation is mandatory. There are three training sessions: pre-training, kick-off training, and follow-up training during the internship period. For details, please check this content as described in "Running Internships" in the “Internship Process”.

4. Other inquiries

Is it possible to select interns?

First, JIP office will conduct document screening, first and second interviews to narrow down the candidates. Then JIP office will recommend intern candidates based on their preferences, conditions and internship contents. The final decision will be made by the host company. For more details, please visit “the Internship Process”.

4. Other inquiries

What is the purpose of the interns applying for this program?

Many of them hope to work in Japanese companies or work globally in the future.

1. How to apply

When will the entry start?

Please check the link below.

1. How to apply

How can I apply?

Please go to our website and proceed application form.

2. About application requirements

Who is eligible to apply?

For more details on requirement, please click here.

2. About application requirements

What is the required level of Japanese and/or English proficiency?

You need to have Japanese proficiency (Level of N3 or higher on the JLPT as a guide) or English proficiency (Business level).
Please visit the application requirements here.

2. About application requirements

I’m an international student attending a university in Japan. Am I eligible to apply?

International students attending a university in Japan are not eligible to apply.

2. About application requirements

Can I arrange my accommodation near the satellite office?

Yes. You can arrange an accommodation by yourself at your own expenses. Please note that JIP office will not be responsible for any problems relating to your accommodation that may arise.

3. About after application

How can I change the details of my application?

If you need to change your name, nationality, age or language skill, please contact JIP office by e-mail.

3. About after application

When should I send my letters of recommendation and resume?

JIP office will contact you if there are any documents necessary to submit, so please just be prepared.

3. About after application

When will I get the results?

The result of final selection will be informed to all applicants in early August for Course A and late September for Course B at the latest.

3. About after application

What are the post-application processes? How will the host company be determined?

JIP office will conduct a document screening, first interview (local language/English/Japanese) and second interview (Japanese/English). JIP office will select and recommend the appropriate candidates to the host companies. If a match is made, the results will be informed to each candidate. After the host company and the candidate agree, the internship will begin. For more details, please visit “Internship Process”.

4. Other inquiries

Can I work for the company after my internship?

This internship program does not offer an actual employment but work experience within certain period in Japanese company. However, in the past, some companies have offered a job to the participants after this program finished due to their excellent work as an intern.

4. Other inquiries

Is there a participation fee or application fee?

Both participation and application fees are free.

4. Other inquiries

What kind of companies accept interns?

The host companies are Japanese micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs), in a wide range of industries and regions. Interns and host companies are recruited at the same time, and if you are selected as an intern, JIP office will introduce you to the company that matches your skills and abilities. Please visit following website. Many examples of the past cases are posted there.

4. Other inquiries

Can I choose the period of my internship activities?

You can choose from either Course A or Course B. Please visit the following website for details.

4. Other inquiries

Can I go to Japan during my internship?

Unfortunately, you can't. Taking the effects of Covid-19 into account, the internship program will be held through on-line format.
Please check the following for details on the location of activities.

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In the course of conducting the Japan Internship Program (hereinafter referred to as "the Program") for the FY 2020 Technical Cooperation & Emerging Market Development Program, as commissioned by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) of Japan, Pasona Inc. (hereinafter referred to as "Pasona"), will handle all personal information provided from internship applicants as outlined below.

1. Purpose of use
All personal information provided will be used for the purposes of receiving, replying, and managing inquiries, applications, and comments, providing documents, conducting information briefing sessions for the Program, implementing internships as part of the Program, creating statistical data, and so on. In addition, photographic and video images and audio recordings etc. will be used for publicity announcements, reporting on outcomes for the Program, etc.

2. Third-party provision
All personal information provided will be provided to third parties, as described below.

(1) Purpose of provision: Reporting on the Program
Provided to: Ministry of Economy
Information offered: All Application information / Activity information / Daily reports / Other matters for reporting
Providing means or method: Storage of data on a cloud system

(2) Purpose of provision: To manage safety in the course of implementing the Program
Provided to: Japanese diplomatic stations abroad / National immigration bureaus / National embassies in Japan
Information provided: All Application information / Activity information / Daily reports / Other matters for reporting
Providing means or method: Storage of data on a cloud system

(3) Purpose of provision: Preparing for hosting of interns in the Program, managing affairs after hosting, workplace experience after hosting
Provided to: Internship host companies and other organizations, Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)
Informaiton provided: All entry information provided by internship students / Activity information / Daily reports / Other matters for reporting
Providing means or method: Storage of data on a cloud system

3. Outsourcing
We may outsource some handling of personal information within the scope of the purpose of use. In our selection of outsourcing providers, Pasona will maintain strict judgment and will confirm that the specified standards of Pasona have been achieved before commissioning such services.

4. Voluntary provision of personal information
Personal information is provided on a voluntary basis and may not be forcibly requested in any way. However, please note that if an applicant do NOT provide his/her personal information, the applicant will not be permitted to use the services described in the purpose of use.

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6. Disclosure, amendment, and/or deletion of personal information
With respect to the notification, disclosure, amendment of content, addition, suspension or cancellation of use, or suspension of provision of personal information to third parties (below referred to as "Disclosure, etc.") based on the Personal Information Protection Act of Japan, we will handle all such requests through the contact listed below. When requesting Disclosure, you will be requested to present your Identification and reveal your request, with submission of the necessary documents as specified by Pasona.

7. Contact for personal information and privacy
Please submit the documents to the Program office (within Pasona Inc.).
Japan Internship Program Office
(within Pasona Inc., Governmental Business Division)
2-6-2 Otemachi Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo (Japan 100-8228)
E-MAIL: jip@pasona.co.jp

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Pasona Co., Ltd. Managing Executive Officer
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